David B. Coe is another fantasy author whom I met through the work before meeting him in person. I have the clearest memory of reading and recommending David’s books when I had my bookshop. Imagine my joy (and relief!) when I discovered he is a truly lovely guy as well as an entertaining writer. I have read Spell Blind, the first book in his new urban fantasy series, and it’s a great addition to the genre, highly recommended. It now gives me great pleasure to share this Q&A David and I did recently, to celebrate the upcoming release of his two new books: His Father’s Eyes (August 4) and Dead Man’s Reach (out now) …
So I was very kindly asked to do a guest post for the great blog City of Stars. Shortly thereafter my stupid liver decided to knock me for six, and then a couple of lumbar discs slipped … so it’s been fun, fun, fun at Casa Karen. Not. And sigh. And moan. And grumble.
However, I’m on the mend and back on my feet and now playing crazy catch-up. To that end, here’s the link to that guest post!
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with Australian speculative fiction writer Lara Morgan.
Lara Morgan lives and writes in Geraldton, Western Australia. She writes fantasy for adults and YA. Her fantasy series The Twins of Saranthium is set in a world of deserts and jungle with twins Shaan and Tallis pitted against ancient resurrected gods and serpents in a struggle to save the people and lands of Saranthium from those who would enslave it.
Book two, Betrayal, is available now in ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other ebook outlets. To learn more about her, visit her website.
Now here is Lara in her own words …
Betrayal is the second book in my epic fantasy trilogy, The Twins of Saranthium and it was also the second book I ever wrote. I was one of those lucky writers who had the first book I wrote (Awakening, book one in the series) published – but before you start turning green and looking with despair at your pile of rejected novels, there’s more to this story.
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with US speculative fiction writer Robert V. S. Redick.
Robert V.S. Redick is the author of the epic fantasy series The Chathrand Voyage Quartet. The four books received great critical and popular acclaim, with Locus Magazine calling the Quartet “one of the most distinctive and appealing epic fantasies of the last decade”, and Paul di Filippo “a Kidnapped or Treasure Island for contemporary times.” He divides his time between Bogor, Indonesia, and Western Massachusetts. He is currently at work on a new fantasy series. For more information you can visit his website.
Now, here is Robert in his own words …
THE WRITING LIFE: TIPS FROM MY SURVIVAL NOTEBOOK
Old clichés die hard. India and Brazil have space programs, but in certain imaginations their names will never conjure more than soccer clubs and snake charmers. National park rangers hold doctorates, but they’re still dismissed as boy scouts who never grew up. Similar stale and shrivelled chestnuts rattle around in our collective psyche when we think of writers. Allow me a moment to grind two of these into meal.
The first is that writers are lucky scammers. They unspool a few yarns, strike it rich, chat up Oprah, sell the film rights and wallow in public adoration to their dying day (a day which presumably begins with a sturgeon omelet, three shots of mescal and sex with a young admirer).
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with British speculative fiction writer Angus Watson.
In his twenties, Angus Watson’s jobs ranged from forklift truck driver to investment banker. He spent his thirties on various assignments as a freelance writer, including looking for Bigfoot in the USA for the Telegraph, diving on the scuppered German fleet at Scapa Flow for the Financial Times, and swimming with sea lions off the Galapagos Islands for the Times. Now entering his forties, Angus lives in London with his wife Nicola and baby son Charlie. As a fan of both historical fiction and epic fantasy, he came up with the idea of writing a fantasy set in the Iron Age when exploring British hillforts for the Telegraph, and developed the story while walking Britain’s ancient paths for further articles. Age of Iron, the first book of his Iron Age trilogy, will be published on September 2nd. You can find out more at his website.
Now here is Angus in his own words …
I’m going through the copy edit of Clash of Iron – book two of the Iron Age trilogy – at the moment. The copy edit is the second last edit before publication, when an expert reads your book and says ‘this bit doesn’t work, that word’s wrong’ and so on, then you get to go through what they’ve said and lament how they just don’t understand you and change it all back…. Not really, my current copy editor, a man named Richard Collins, is excellent (the final edit is the proof edit – basically a spell check).
Anyway, reading this copy edit almost a year after I finished writing the book, I’m surprised to be surprised by the gore. It’s not wall to wall by any means – most of the book is Continue reading
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with Australian speculative fiction writer Donna Maree Hanson.
Donna Maree Hanson is a Canberra-based writer of fantasy, science fiction, horror and, under a pseudonym, paranormal romance. She has been writing creatively since November 2000. In January 2013, her first longer work, Rayessa & the Space Pirates, was published with Harlequin’ s digital imprint. This novella length work is a young-adult, science-fiction adventure/romance (space opera). A sequel to Rayessa & the Space Pirates will be out with Escape in early 2015.
Now here is Donna in her own words:
Ten years in the making
I can’t believe it took ten years.
I have heard it said that it takes ten years to be an overnight success. Well, I’m not a success yet, though I suppose that depends on what the definition of success is. In my case, it is getting a story published that I’ve been working on for ten years, so maybe I am. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been working on other stuff too. Continue reading
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with Australian speculative fiction writer Peter M Ball.
Peter Ball is the manager of the Australian Writer’s Marketplace and co-ordinator of the bi-annual Genre Con writer’s conference. His SF and fantasy short fiction has been published in Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine and the Harper Voyager anthologies Dreaming Again and Year’s Best SF 15. In 2009, he won the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story. His novellas Horn and Bleed are currently available through Twelfth Planet Press, and he’ll be releasing Flotsam, an urban fantasy novella trilogy set on the Gold Coast, through Apocalypse Ink publishing in 2014. Find him online at www.petermball.com.
And now here is Peter in his own words:
There’s all sorts of advice out there about how to write a book. There is remarkably little that tells you what things will be like once the book is finished and released into the world, waiting for other people to read it. When you hit that point, you’re more-or-less on your own, despite the fact that it’s a strange and bewildering time for an emerging writer. Continue reading
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s guest post with American SF/Fantasy/Horror author Laura Anne Gilman.
L.A Kornetsky is the author of the Gin & Tonic series (Collared, Fixed and Doghouse). Under the name Laura Anne Gilman, she writes SF/Fantasy and horror, including the Nebula-nominated Vineart War trilogy. She lives in NYC with two cats and a time-share dog, none of whom could catch a mouse, much less a criminal.
Learn more at www.lauraanegilman.net or follow her on Twitter: @LAGilman.
And now here is Laura in her own words:
Mostly my advice to writers is “stop listening to other people and do what works consistently for you.” But when held to the wall and told to share something specific, I’ll choke out “show character!”
No, wait. It will make sense, I swear.
For example, me? I was always a mystery writer. But I didn’t write mysteries.
For years – for my entire writing career, really, I was a fantasy-genre girl, most noted for the Retrievers and PSI urban fantasy series, and the Nebula-nominated Vineart War epic fantasy trilogy. If you’d asked anyone, they would have said I was a fantasy writer, with occasional dabbles into horror and SF.
But a few years ago, the editor who had acquired the Vineart War trilogy came to me and said, (summing up) “most of your fantasy books are also mysteries, plot-wise.” Continue reading
Welcome to the Talkative Writer’s Guest post with American fantasy author Michael G. Munz
An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Washington State in 1977 at the age of three. Unable to escape the state’s gravity, he has spent most of his life there and studied writing at the University of Washington, his goal being to tell entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure as other writers have given to him. He enjoys writing tales that combine the modern world with the futuristic or fantastic.
Now here’s Michael in his own words:
So way back in 2002, after I’d finished the “final” draft of my very first book (a sci-fi novel titled A Shadow in the Flames), I began the process of trying to get the attention of literary agents in order to get it published. My plan: write some short stories, get those published in a magazine or two, and have something to tout in a query letter. Continue reading
Welcome to The Talkative Writer’s guest post with Australian spec fic author Marianne de Pierres.
Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy, the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION science fiction series, and the genre-bending PEACEMAKER Western/urban fantasy series. The PARRISH PLESSIS series has been translated into many languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the PEACEMAKER series is being adapted into a novel adventure game. Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy, a dark fantasy series for teens. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs (and once upon a time three sons–before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her website at www.mariannedepierres.com.
And now here’s Marianne, in her own words …
I often get asked how I choose which project to work on next. Occasionally, the answer is terribly prosaic i.e. whichever book I’m contracted to produce. But whenever I’m out of Continue reading
Welcome to The Talkative Writer’s guest post with American fantasy author D.B. Jackson.
D.B. Jackson is also David B. Coe, the award-winning author of more than a dozen fantasy novels. His first two books as D.B. Jackson, the Revolutionary War era urban fantasies, Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry, volumes I and II of the Thieftaker Chronicles, are both available from Tor Books in hardcover and paperback. The third volume, A Plunder of Souls, has recently been released in hardcover. The fourth Thieftaker novel, Dead Man’s Reach, is in production and will be out in the summer of 2015. D.B. lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two teenaged daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera. You can find him at www.dbjackson-author.com.
And now here’s D.B., in his own words:
Riots in the streets of Colonial Boston, Samuel Adams (the historical figure, not the beer), British soldiers (also known as Redcoats, also known as Lobsterbacks), smallpox Continue reading
Welcome to The Talkative Writer’s guest post with American fantasy author Joshua Palmatier.
Joshua Palmatier is an epic fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. He currently has six books out from DAW, including the “Throne of Amenkor” trilogy and book one of a new series, “Shattering the Ley”. His short stories appear in numerous anthologies and he has edited three anthologies with co-editor and co-conspirator Patricia Bray, including “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens” (coming August 2014). He is also the founder of the small press Zombies Need Brains LLC, which will produce SF&F themed anthologies. You can find him at www.joshuapalmatier.com.
And now here’s Joshua, in his own words:
One of the main questions I get asked about any of my books is where the idea came from, and for Shattering the Ley, I think the story is quite interesting, so I thought I’d focus on that. You see, back in the 80s I was reading a ton of fantasy, and nearly every single book (it seemed) mentioned magical ley lines, the mystical force that supposedly Continue reading
Welcome to The Talkative Writer’s guest post with American fantasy author Carol Berg.
Carol majored in mathematics at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado, so she wouldn’t have to write papers. But somewhere in the middle of a software engineering career, she started writing for fun. The habit ate her life. Carol’s epic fantasy novels have won national and international awards, including multiple Colorado Book Awards and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. They’ve been read, so readers tell her, on five continents, on a submarine under the Mediterranean, in the war zone of Iraq, and on the slopes of Denali.
Her newest novel, Dust and Light, is the first of a new fantasy/mystery duology about a sorcerer who draws portraits of the dead. Publishers Weekly calls it “a captivating and satisfying fantasy epic” and RT Book Reviews names it “outstanding.” Carol lives in Colorado and on the internet at www. carolberg.com
And now here’s Carol, in her own words:
Thanks for having me in, Karen. Since we’re celebrating the launch of your new series, I thought I might talk about some of the series-related questions I hear a lot. Questions, such as:
How do you know whether a story is going to be a series or a standalone novel?
Do you outline your entire series all at once? Continue reading